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The Bootleg Series, Volume 7: No Direction Home - The Soundtrack
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No Direction Home: The Soundtrack comprises rare and unreleased recordings from 1961-1966, as well as revelatory, alternate takes of classic tracks that were unearthed during the making of the film, and will include an extensive booklet with previously unpublished photos, memorabilia and newly commissioned liner notes. Over 400 hours of archived tapes were painstakingly researched for inclusion in the film and on the soundtrack. In keeping with the high-end, deluxe packaging that has helped to define the series, the CD will be packaged in a double jewel case alongside a 60-page color book in one hardback slipcase. Sony. 2005.
Book-ended with an embryonic recording made by a high school friend and a live, boisterous take of "Like a Rolling Stone" less than seven years later, the fifth release in the Bob Dylan Bootleg series (and the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese's Dylan documentary of the same name) proffers just how far the folk idol turned rock star had come between his last year in a Minnesota high school and 1966's contentious UK tour. The double CD is sequenced chronologically and features 26 rare and unreleased recordings (most between 1961 and 1966), including 1959's muddied "When I Got Troubles,' reportedly the first song Dylan ever put to tape, and Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," performed live soon after Dylan's arrival in New York. While the usual suspects are present--"Don't Think Twice It's Alright," "Masters of War," "Mr. Tambourine Man"--this collection unravels the unexpected, including an outtake from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan ("Sally Gal"), captivating alternate takes of "She Belongs To Me," "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" and "Visions of Johanna" (with full band) and the ripping electric version of "Maggie's Farm" that throttled the 1965 Newport Folk Festival and carried Dylan over the genre-influencing threshold into generation-altering icon status. --Scott Holter
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4) Ain't No Grave: A Tribute To Traditional And Public Domain Songs by Various Artists
The performances remind us of a man who stood up to war and injustice,and makes me wonder if most of it turned out to be a youthful folker latching onto the college-age rebels of the time. The Woody Guthrie influence is here,as well as some blues-laden pieces that are tinged with dust-bowl feeling,and wisdom beyond the young Dylans' years.
I enjoyed this immensely,and believe it is a man who propelled himself with earnest through a period of fertile writers,of which he may very well be the best. Was he channeling? Songs like "blowin in the wind" make me think so!
A real treasure of time and poetry...go for it!
Historical as well as VERY interesting..
Especially recommended on Side 2 are "She Belongs to Me" ("She's an artist, She Don't look Back") and a Devestating Version of "Desolation Row".
On Side 1 are "When my Ship comes in" (In the Video Baez tells how Dylan is upset that they won't let him in a Hotel because of his "Scruffy appearance", then as Baez tells it "So he wrote 'When My Ship comes In' He can't get a Hotel Room, so he writes when my Ship comes In"!!!)
Also on Side 1 is a "Catch Lightning in a Bottle" version of "Chimes of Freedom.
AND if you like this CD, check out Baez's performance on YOUTUBE of "Diamonds and Rust"; Then go to the 1992 Dylan Tribute where the Clancy Brothers (and for this performance only Tommy Makem) do "When My Ship Comes In". You can't go wrong on any of these.
What were the British fans expecting from Dylan?
Here is the timeline, in reverse chronological order:
Summer 1966: Dylan booed throughout the UK. "I came to see a folk singer, not a pop band" A quote from a "fan" from No Direction Home
August 1965: Highway 61 Revisited released. Like a Rolling Stone. Enough said.
Summer 1965: Newport Folk festival. Dylan has "sold out" to rock and roll
March 1965: Bringing it All Back Home released. More rock than folk.
August 1964: Another Side of Bob Dylan released. Dylan is no longer recording pure folk music.
Were Dylan's albums not sold in Europe? I think the radio play was mostly by off shore pirate radio stations, so his new songs were not on the radio?
Dylan had moved way past his folkie days by the time he was in the UK, but the audience was expecting a full show of his old material. I just do not understand this.
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New. A cutout but that is fine. I didn't buy for resale.
Arrived in time in good edition.